At least seven killed in suicide attack at Afghan ministry

At least seven people were killed and more than 15 were injured in a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

Afghan security officers secure the scene of a suicide attack that killed seven people and injured more than 15 near the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA
Afghan security officers secure the scene of a suicide attack that killed seven people and injured more than 15 near the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA

The suicide bomber detonated his vest at the gate of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development at about 4:30 p.m., Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told CNN.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

All of those who died in the attack were MRRD staff members who were leaving the building, Stanekzai told Al Jazeera.

Thirteen people were killed in another suicide attack targeting the ministry building last month.

The attack came the same day the United Nations released a report stating 1,692 Afghan citizens had been killed in the first six months of the year, the most recorded in that period in the last decade since records have been kept.

By Daniel Uria